OUR WATER SYSTEM'S EARTHQUAKE READINESS
Northshore Utility District's water is predominantly supplied from Seattle Public Utilities. Recent articles published in the Seattle Times explored how well Seattle's regional water system could hold up under a catastrophic earthquake. These are important conversations all members of the regional water system must have.
To learn more about both SPU's efforts to prepare the regional system, and NUD's work to protect our local infrastructure and water supply:
HOW READY ARE YOU TO FACE AN EMERGENCY?
Emergencies can happen any time, without warning. Planning ahead means a greater chance of keeping your loved ones safe - and greater peace of mind.
Tackling one step at a time, as time and budget allow, can make the process seem less overwhelming.
The key is to just start! There are many resources available to help you get going - we've provided a few on this page.
1. Create a family emergency communication and action plan and practice it together
- Steps to creating a family emergency plan (via Ready.gov).
- Communication plan templates for adults and for kids
2. Build a kit - at least 3 days of supplies (10 days is even better)
- Basic Kit Supplies checklist (via MakeItThrough.org)
- Office and Personal Kit Supplies checklist
- Emergency Water Supply - steps to build and store safely
3. Stay informed
- SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
- ALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service through King County Emergency Management. Keep informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.
- Alert Northshore provides emergency alerts to residents, commuters, and business owners within Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Northshore Fire District and Northshore Utility District.
- Subscribe to emergency alerts from your local city - usually linked on emergency management web pages (see city logos below).
- Update emergency contact info so we can reach you quickly in a local situation - CLICK HERE for NUD e-form.
4. Get involved
- Take a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class in your area. CERT graduates are equipped to be a vital resource to the community after large-scale emergencies.
- Ready to plan as a neighborhood? Get the Community Preparedness Toolkit (via Ready.gov)
- Find your local preparedness groups
- Click on the city logos below for more info on your local emergency contacts and how to get involved on a neighborhood level:
PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TURN OFF YOUR WATER METER IN AN EMERGENCY?
Watch this short video to learn how - with three different common tools.
MORE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LINKS
- Prepare in a Year - booklet published by FEMA, breaks steps down to one hour every month to get emergency ready.
- Takewinterbystorm.org - Keep ahead of NW winter weather challenges with these resources.
- Ready.gov - National program including many resources for preparing as a family and community, and tools to face specific kinds of disasters.
- What to Do to Make It Through - Regional emergency management resource. Easy-to-use checklists for home preparedness.